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Workshop on Reforming State-Owned Enterprises in Central Asia

Event | 26 - 27 September 2019 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Time of event

Day 1: 09:15–17:00
Day 2: 09:00–15:00

Background

State-owned enterprises (SOEs) remain significant players in many Asian economies, especially in Central Asia. They provide essential public services, build and operate key infrastructure, and are often reservoirs of public employment. Their characteristics and inherent competitive advantages as publicly owned enterprises allow them to play a critical role in promoting new development strategies, addressing constraints on inclusive growth, and generating quality jobs. On the other hand, their weak governance and management inefficiencies often lead to poor performance.

This workshop will explore ways to improve the management of SOEs in Central Asia, with attention to corporate governance and regulatory and legal frameworks to strengthen the independence, transparency, and accountability of SOEs. The event will also examine how to increase SOE productivity and performance, including the importance of SOE evaluation frameworks and tools, as well as the effects of privatizing SOEs.

The workshop will additionally assess keys to achieving successful SOE reforms including the capacity of national bureaucracies to implement such reforms and avoiding adverse impacts on the provision of essential services and international trade and investment. It will also address the implications of good governance and effective public management of SOEs for development and inclusive growth.

Objectives
  • Help government officials better understand the challenges of SOE reform in Central Asia
  • Identify and share best practices for reforming SOEs in the region
  • Exchange policy experiences and lessons learned for enhancing SOE management
Participants
  • Around 15 senior government officials from 9 Central Asian countries: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
  • Experts from academia and international organizations
Output
  • Capacity building dialogue and network building between government officials and researchers
  • Speaker presentations to be uploaded on the ADBI website
  • ADBI book on SOE reform in Asia
How to register

By invitation only.

Partner

Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute